Francis Bouchard is an accomplished global public affairs professional who serves an adviser, catalyst and contributor to a series of climate resilience and insurance initiatives.
Most recently, he served as the group head of public affairs and sustainability for Zurich Insurance Group, where he focused on aligning the group’s government affairs, sustainability and foundation activities around impactful public affairs and social impact campaigns. Today, he chairs the board of directors for the national resilience non-profit SBP, and he serves as a senior fellow to the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center.
Bouchard joined the insurance sector in 1989, and he since has held a series of industry-focused advocacy, communications, sales, citizenship and public affairs roles, both in the U.S. and in Switzerland. Following early-career roles with the National Association of Life Underwriters and the Reinsurance Association of America, Bouchard joined Zurich, where he held a series of externally oriented roles, including: head of government affairs in North America (1998-2005); global head of corporate communications (2006-2010); head of proposition development for general insurance (2010); head of sales, distribution and marketing for global corporate (2011-12); group head of government and industry affairs (2012-2015); group head of communications and public affairs (2017-2019); and group head of public affairs and sustainability (2019-2021). In each of these roles, he has focused on aligning thought leadership, public policy, social impact and stakeholder management to deepen the impact of insurance on economic, societal and individual risks.
Between 2015 and 2017, Bouchard served as managing director at the Washington, D.C.-based public affairs firm Hamilton Place Strategies and established his own strategic consulting firm called Thred Consulting.
Bouchard earned bachelor’s degrees in magazine journalism and history from Syracuse University and his juris doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law.
He now serves as a member of the Syracuse University Regional Council, Washington, D.C. chapter, and he has served in several other leadership roles, including on the boards of Blue Marble Microinsurance, the Atlantic Council and the Swiss-American Foundation, as well as on a series of World Economic Forum and Insurance Development Forum working groups.